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Archives for December 2007

>Merry Christmas Darlings

>Hey, I finally made it. I hope everyone gets some nice uninterrupted recreational reading time over the holidays. I’ve started my own off with The Exception by Christian Jungersen (Talese/Doubleday), a hugely engrossing mystery/thriller/black comedy (I think) about the employees of a Danish genocide documentation center. The women who work there have been receiving threatening […]

>Live and on stage

>Susan Cooper, Gregory Maguire and me, at MIT last month.

>Chickens and Eggs

>Galleycat’s post re the First Book project reminds me of the argument advanced by Freakonomics that while the presence of lots of books in the home correlates with children being proficient readers, such literary wealth does not cause that proficiency, it simply means that reading parents tend to have reading children. That bio-determinated thought also […]

>Wasn’t that the short one that Robin McKinley loathed?

>How the heck do you wring two movies out of The Hobbit?

>For the cool kids only

>Guide and Magazine subscribers can now access the Horn Book Guide Spring 08 preview, more than 600 reviews, on our website. Email Agent Zoe for the password.

>What’s the difference between confidence and fluency?

>Commenter Zolah passed along this story about a proposed scheme in the U.K. to label children’s books by “reading age.” Let’s hope the Brits don’t try to bring this one into Boston Harbor. The organizers claim that children will not be put off by having their books belly-branded with “early, “developing,” “confident,” or “fluent,” but […]

>Oh, Santa, Please, Please, Please!

> I told you Martha and I were writing a book, but apparently somebody, um, beat us to it. More than a century ago.

>As Betty and Wilma say, "CHARGE!"

>Children’s Book Shop proprietress Terri Schmitz talks with Kitty Flynn about children’s-book shopping for the holidays and recommending some of her favorites on our latest podcast. I’ll be over soon, Terri. We’ve got this swell Dutch couple renting our first floor apt and they have two completely adorable kids–a one year old boy and a […]

>When Frog and Toad Are More Than Friends

>Who needs old closet case Dumbledore when Claire has put together a first-class list of out-n-proud GLBTQ-and-sometimes-Y fiction? I’ve got an editorial in the upcoming Horn Book about the outing of Dumbledore, who in fact joins a long line of characters who coulda-woulda-shoulda be gay if the reader so inclines–like Shakespeare in Susan Cooper’s King […]

>Someone must have read the book in the meantime

>the ARC: the finished book: Deirdre Baker has some pertinent thoughts (from “Musings on Diverse Worlds,” Horn Book Magazine, January/February 2007): In some cases, where the politics of inclusivity is not in the foreground of the story, the racial attributes of nonwhite heroes are rendered virtually invisible. Both Ged of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea […]